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, the upcoming confirmation hearing for defense secretary nominee chuck hagel, john mccain live this hour. >>> plus, a royal shake-up. a queen announces she's abdicating. her country is about to get a new king. >>> i'm wolf blitzer. >>> i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> a new push to tackle one of the most contentious issues facing washington. just about 90 minutes or so ago, a bipartisan group of senators laid out a framework for an immigration reform bill. this comes as the white house is working on its own immigration bill and president obama will address the issue tomorrow in las vegas. the bipartisan senate plan includes a path to citizenship, but illegal immigrants will have to undergo a background check and pay a fine and back taxes before gaining legal status in the united states. all that is contingent on securing borders. the proposal provides for increased use of drones, more personnel and improved infrastructure and it would create an employment verification system and improve the process for admitting needed workers. c
. i think that's unfortunate. i don't think it has any place in politics. >> chuck hagel, you were very tepid on "meet the press" a couple of weeks ago. >> i was. >> now you've met with him, you're more comfortable, you'll support him? >> i am. >> what changed? >> i said on your show that i had real concerns. i spent 90 minutes with him. i asked him very specific questions on the things that troubled me. his answers were forth right. and they were answers that alayed my concerns. should we keep every option on the table to prevent a nuclear iran? yes. i went further. i said, do you think we can tolerate a nuclear iran? he said no. and i said to him, well, then, if we had to use military as the only choice, would you? he said yes. second, i asked him hezbollah and hamas, should they be labeled terrorist groups? yes. should israel be forced to negotiate with them if they don't recognize israel's right to exist, if they don't renounce violence? no, absolutely. third, sanctions. do you support increased sanctions? would you support unilateral sanctions in? yes. there were differences b
questions about another cabinet nominee-- former republican senator chuck hagel-- tapped for secretary of defense. tennessee republican bob corker voiced concern about hagel's support for reducing u.s. nuclear weapons by 80%. >> the president has nominated he was part of a group called global zero, and for those of us who care deeply about our nuclear arsenal and modernization and that type of thing, some of the things that were authored in this report candidly are concerning. >> i will say this. i know chuck hagel, and i think he is a strong, patriotic former senator, and he will be a strong secretary of defense. >> reporter: there were no doubts expressed about kerry's own qualifications or his prospects. his confirmation to succeed hillary clinton at state is considered a virtual formality. >> brown: and we look at the kerry nomination and foreign policy challenges he'll face, with two men who've served as national security adviser to the president. zbigniew brzezinski held that position with president carter. he's now a counselor at the center for strategic and international studie
, it looks like, you know, it may be chuck hagel, i hope that they will push ahead with policies that recognize that the country -- the world is a very unsafe place right now. i don't think for some period of time now we fully have taken into account these mutation that is have occurred as it relates to the arab spring. >> thank you so much, senator corker. >> thank you. >>> a number of key senators are leading the way on guns. even before newtown. now there's new urgency, of course. new york senator kooersen has been been working across the aisle for a ban on gun trafficking. also today senator dianne feinstein introduced her ban on assault weapons. >> we have tried to recognize the right of a sit sfwlen to legally possess a weapon. no weapon is taken from anyone. the purpose is to dry up the supply of these weapons over time. >> i am telling you between this battle between now and when we get this passed you are going to hear from the nra, and there are an awful lot of them saying that's not going to do anything. i'm saying to you at the we can save lives. >> will it be hard? f
, not requested but i will say this. i know chuck hagel. and i think he is a strong patriotic former senator, and he will be a strong secretary of defense. and i have dealt with him in any number of forays, he's been the head of the democratic counsel, mainstream, thoughtful foreign policy security engagement. and i think some of the things that have been -- some of the efforts to color senator hagel's approach on some of these things don't do justice. i'm going to come to t i absolutely intend to come to it because i think it's very important to think about it. when that initiative first came out and we began to hear about the potential of people who said, let's get no nuclear weapons, i sort of scratched my head. i said what? how is that going to work? because i believe in deterr num today's world. the whole point is they are not talking about today's world. henry kissinger, jim baker, i think jim schlesinger, former secretaries of defense, many others have all agreed with that as a goal for the world. it's a goal. it's an aspiration. we should always be aspirational, but it's not somethin
hagel is president obama sending a chamberlain message? >> i think charles is right. he is sending the message. these are care-takers and people who will keep the foreign policy off his desk. some people say is part of the foreign policy part. climate change, and we know kerry will be deeply invested in. that has a real policy and dollars and cents. the rest is tabulum. the cabinet pointments are people to allow him to focus on this domesticbe transformation. >> bret: a leap forward for tomorrow. secretary clinton testifying on benghazi. she will testify in the morning on the senate side and afternoonbe in the house. this should be high drama when it comes to congress. asking and answering. the republicans are forecasting that. >> i don't know that they will be surprises in a lot of new revelations from the testimony. >> bret: charles? >> i think they will ask what did you know and when did you know it? where were you during the attackbe? what did the president say? who were the embassy personnel who were flown out and not hurt and know and can say what happened and have not been n
in that regard. >> absolutely. i know chuck hagel. i think he is a strong, patriotic former senator and he will be a strong secretary of defense. i have dealt with him and and number of forays. he has been head of the atlantic council, some of the things and efforts to color senator hagel's approach on some of these things cannot do justice. i am going to come to it. i think it is important to think about it. when that initiative came out and we began to hear about the people who said let's get no nuclear-weapons, i scratch my head. i said how is that going to work? i find it hard to think how you can get down to a number in today's world. henry kissinger, jim baker, james schlesinger, many others have all agreed with that as a goal for the world. it is an aspiration. we should always be aspirational. but it is not something that can happen in today's world nor could any leader today sit here or in any other chair and promote the notion that we should be cutting down our deterrent levels before inadequate levels to maintain deterrence. the military has strong views about what that is. we h
is the confirmation or maybe not, of chuck hagel. how do you feel about the former senator becoming -- basically in charge of world affairs? >> i like chuck hagel. i served with him in the united states senate, but he's the wrong man for this job. >> gretchen: why? >> well, his positions on everhing from a nuclear iran to direct negotiations with state department designated terrorist organizations like hamas, his embrace of these naive ideas like a nuclear free world, which, you know, is fine to say i hope and i wish and i pray that it would be that way burks it's not realistic and it's naive, particularly among the person who is supposed to represent american national security and keep the peace. and i worry that president obama has picked senator hagel because really the defense department is the only part of the government that he seems to be willing to cut. he's not really interested in reining in spending in almost any other area except national security. he said the sequester, which is the $1.2 trillion in cuts that are scheduled to go in effect, which disproportion athlete affect defense
know chuck hagel and i think he is a strong patriotic former senator and he will be a strong secretary of defense. i have dealt with him at his head at the atlantic council in a mainstream, thoughtful foreign policy security engagement. i think some of the things -- some of the efforts to color senator hagel's approach on some of these things don't do justice. >> i'm going to come to it. i think it's very important to think about it. when those initiatives at the first to come out began to you about potential people who said let's get no nuclear weapons, i scratched my head and white house are going to work? i believe in deterrence. i found that hard to think how you get down to a number of today's world. henry kissinger, jim baker, i think james lassiter, former former secretary of defense, many others have all agreed with that icicle for the world. it's a goal, an aspiration that we should always be aspirational. but it's not something that can happen in today's world and nor could any leader today sit here or in any other chair and promote to you and ocean we had to cut down our det
'll be important to them when they deal, for instance with the hagel nomination. so it was score one for hillary and i think it was an attempt to build on that and move beyond it and talk about her legacy as a whole rather than that event. >> chris: i want to pick up on that, brit. because, during the hearing, what struck me was the republicans were tough on hillary, on benghazi and the democrats weren't. but, both sides kept on saying what a great secretary of state she had been and to praise her service. and here's some of the points that have been brought up, some of her accomplishments. she helped assemble the bombing campaign in libya, to topple muammar qaddafi. she helped assembly the coalition that imposed the toughest sanctions ever on iran. and, she established diplomatic ties with burma. question, brit: how do you rate hillary clinton's performance, record as our top diplomat. >> i think those examples you cited would add up to a case for her competence. they do not add up to a case for greatness, after all, the groundwork on burma had been done by the previous administration and, the
republican senator chuck hagel will face tough questions at his confirmation hearing next thursday, and john brennan, the president's choice for cia director will be quizzed at his hearing next month. keith? >> thanks, melissa. >>> and we're waiting to hear from defense secretary leon panetta. we expect him to announce about an hour from now that the pentagon is lifting its ban on women in combat. the policy change will overturn a 1994 rule that banned women from being part of combat units. it'll open more than 200,000 positions to women. despite the combat ban, women in the military have still given their lives for this country. more than 150 women have been killed in iraq and afghanistan. >>> and gay rights activists are making a new appeal to the white house. they want president obama to ban federal contractors from discriminating against gay employees. current federal law bans discrimination based on sex, race, and national origin, but didn't mention sexual orientation. >>> d.c.'s police chief is challenging the findings of a new report released just a few minutes ago that the d.c. polic
of this still on the table. so panetta knows and chuck hagel was supporting him. they know they have to do this somewhat gradually. >> thank you. appreciate it. >>> this guy, diplomatic trouble shooter, decorated war veteran john kerry on top to be america's top diplomat. the senate foreign relations committee is holding a hearing on the nomination to become secretary of state. kerry talked about how his military experience in vietnam has shaped his views. >> i want all of us to keep in our minds as i think we do the extraordinary men and women in uniform who are on the front lines even as we meet here today. the troops at war who helped protect america i can pledge to you that as a veteran of war i will always carry the consequence for our decisions in my mind and be grateful that we have such extraordinary people to back us up. >> want to bring in our foreign affairs correspondent. kerry it seems like is ready made for the job. this is something where he got the nod after you had susan rice withdrawing her own nomination from consideration. this is someone who has wanted something more t
in that regard theory >> absolutely. -- in that regard. >> absolutely. i know chuck hagel. i think he is a strong, patriotic former senator and he will be a strong secretary of defense. i have dealt with him and and number of forays. he has been head of the atlantic council, some of the things and efforts to color senator hagel's approach on some of these things cannot do justice. i am going to come to it. i think it is important to think about it. when that initiative came out and we began to hear about the people who said let's get no nuclear-weapons, i scratch my head. i said how is that going to work? i find it hard to think how youn today's world. henry kissinger, jim baker, james schlesinger, many others have all agreed with that as a goal for the world. it is an aspiration. we should always be aspirational. but it is not something that can happen in today's world nor could any leader today sit here or in any other chair and promote the notion that we should be cutting down our deterrent levels before inadequate levels to maintain deterrence. the military has strong views about what that is
. -- what message that would send. host: we will cover the hearing with senator hagel next week as well. senator kerrey today live, 10:00 p.m. eastern time on c-span and from of the -- 10 a.m. eastern on c-span in front of the senate foreign relations committee. independent caller named richard, good morning. caller: good morning. what strikes me about this administration is that we do not know what his policy is -- i'm talking about president obama. the secretary of state hillary clinton, when she was addressing congress yesterday and asked about why they blamed the attack on ben ghazi and the ambassadors on some ngo maker she said, what does it matter? the truth does not matter to these people. their objectives are unclear. leon panetta said to congress that we no longer take direction from congress as far as war and hostilities are concerned. we will take it from nato and the u.n. to, clearly a violation of the constitution. host: any reaction? guest: that is over the top because nobody in the a restoration has ever said they would ignore congress and only listen to the u.n. and nato
independent line. actually, we will go to kentucky on the democratic line with c.e. caller: >> chuck hagel and john kerry stepping into these positions, they can bring their experiences to the table because they have fought insurgents. the only way we will be able to kill the republic is to kill the umpire -- empire. they started this in afghanistan. putting all kinds of money into that pit. just bled them. and we're doing the same thing now. we need to sacrifice the empire to save the republic. , south ken from lancaster carolina, on our independent line. what is your take on the role of the united states and the world stage? caller: i would like to respond about secretary clinton. you can look at benghazi, the ambassador got killed. egypt is in turmoil. she has not done nothing really. now talking about gs-7 the% rating -- that she has a 70% rating? all these politicians being recycled. leon panetta worked in the clinton administration. recycled politicians, they never want to leave. a 69-year-old lady running for president. i would vote for anybody else. her job as secretary of state wa
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